Imagine Schools Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. 4th Grade Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Surprise, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Surprise, AZ

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love the Kids at Hope philosophy.

    Cons

    Charter Schools are a challenging place to work these days.

  2. Paraprofessional

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    Current Employee - Aide in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Aide in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kids come first! Everyone is there for the kids!

    Cons

    Rough demographics presents a challenge, but also more opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment staff and leadership

    Cons

    Need to give raises sooner low salary

    Advice to Management

    Listen to teachers more

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Most disappointing educational facility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Imagine Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, some effective outside professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Unprofessional and inexperienced "leadership" , treats professional educators poorly, very challenging environments with poor support systems and resources available, turnover rate in staff and students very high, schools are constantly in poor rating standings, no concern for safety of staff, be prepared to spend time trying to sell and market these schools that you would never consider sending your own child to

  6. Too Many Chiefs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great friendships are formed with employees and watching the children grow.

    Cons

    Too many people in charge...yet no one wants to make decision. They often just talk and talk about situations without any action. No one wants to make a decision in case it's the wrong one and they become the target of talks.

    Advice to Management

    Narrow the "Chiefs" into specific issue solvers so the employees know who to contact and who will offer support to the issue.

  7. Great place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time

    Pros

    Tight community, fun people, learn a different perspective on education and how it affects the country

    Cons

    Honestly, I can't think of any cons. This was a great place to be at. I hope to come back here one day.

  8. This cronyism company is all about the money! It did not feel like a school it was clearly a business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are that you get to work with the community, most of which are underprivileged youth and their families so that in and of itself is the only benefit.

    Cons

    The cons are the management is extremely lazy. Cronyism runs rampant throughout this company. They make money under the guise of a real estate company and pay much lower than competing schools. Leadership was never around. Teachers are paid so little they leave for better jobs and rightfully so. Staff is basically a sales staff based on commission. They are told if you want raises you need to get more kids. The problem is if you get more kids you need more staff so its a laughing circle. If you are outspoken you will get fired/not asked back. If you work here keep quiet... They don't want new ideas and innovative people they want sheep to add students to keep their money machines open. If a school closes they just open the same building under a new name. They truly believe in quantity not quality. They hire incompetent regional directors based on friendships and convenience. Teachers and principals constantly get let go but not regional directors because once they are in they are in no matter how bad the region fails. The reason is there is no accountability held on the regional directors. Corruption here. It takes work to do interviews but management is so lazy they dont interview for regional directors they hire who they want open and shut.

    Advice to Management

    Visit your schools! Hire people based on merit, not on who knows them and who likes them, especially regional directors. By all means make your money but you get what you out in. Keep teachers by giving raises. Stop opening schools until you fix the ones that are failing due to lack of terrible regional management.

  9. Full time job, but unpaid over time and terrible management and administration.

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like opportunities, this is the right place for you. There's a lot of room for creativity and teamwork.

    Cons

    You have to be ready to hit the ground running. Management and administration is unfortunately lacking, lots of questionable decisions when it comes to budgeting. Salaries are also rather stagnant.

  10. Great Company with excellent values

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Morningside, Prince George's, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Morningside, Prince George's, MD

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The whole premise of the school is to give the power to the teachers. If you don't like something, change it. His philosophy is that the teachers are in the trenches and they know the real issues. The teachers are educated individuals capable of making decisions. So if you think dismissal takes too long, create a task force, brainstorm solutions, and fix it! Dennis Bakke has an excellent philosophy.

    Cons

    The problem with the philosophy is if the leader of the school doesn't "get it" then obviously the leader is going to make all the decisions and not let the staff. School leaders need to be trained.

  11. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff members at the school really were a great team!

    Cons

    Overall company seems to just be in it for the money. Not truly concerned about employees or student's well beings.

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